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  Messerschmitt Me-262
It was a superb day and night bomber interceptor, with a speed advantage so great, and armament so powerful, that it could easily intercept and destroy allied heavy bombers, while practically ignoring their swarms of piston-engined escort fighters, and the bombers' own gun turrets.
Allied bombardments of the Messerschmitt factories and of the German fuel industry, and later of Me-262 air bases, also greatly contributed to delay and minimize its operational activity.
When it did fly to air combat, the Me-262 was unstoppable at high speed, but it was vulnerable at low speed, after takeoff and before landing, because of its very sensitive and immature jet engines, and that's where allied fighters ambushed it, in addition to attacking it on the ground.
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  Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe / Sturmvogel
Contrary to Hitler's orders, the Me 262 was exclusively produced as a fighter but when this was discovered by the Führer, an immediate conversion of all planes was ordered, thus ending all hopes of repelling the punishing Allied bombing raids for the sake of dropping one or two bombs.
The Me 262 was argued to be an excellent opportunity to inflict serious damage to the Allied bomber formations as it had already produced superb results against Allied aircraft and it used diesel fuel which was in less demand compared with the high-octane fuel used by propeller driven aircraft.
The production Me 262 had a leading edge sweep of 18.5° primarily to properly position the center of lift relative to the center of mass and not for the aerodynamic benefit of increasing the critical Mach number of the wing (the sweep was too slight to achieve any significant advantage).
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The Messerschmitt Me 163 "Komet" used a rocket motor that used hydrogen peroxide as a fuel.
The rocket plane was the Me 163 "Komet." It used a motor built by the inventor Hellmuth Walter, which burned hydrogen peroxide as a fuel.
The Me 262 indeed was unmatched in the air, but it spent very little time in the air.
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 Wilhelm Messesrschmitt
Wilhelm Messerschmitt was born in 1898 in Frankfort, Germany.
Messerschmitt also built the first really large transport plane, the six-engine “Gigant.” Weighing 50 tons when fully loaded, it mounted up to 15 machine guns.
Messerschmitt's most serious high-tech effort was the Me 262, the world's first jet fighter to fly in combat.
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 Messerschmitt Me 262 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While the Me 262 had a negligible impact on the course of the war, shooting down an estimated 150 Allied aircraft for the loss of 100 Me 262s, it was well-known and highly influential on post-war aircraft development.
Despite its deficiencies, the Me 262 was clearly signalling the beginning of the end of piston-engined aircraft as efficient fighting machines.
ME 262 at an Airshow in Berlin 2006
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 ::Messerschmitt 262::   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the world's first fully operational turbojet fighter and saw service in the later years of World War Two.
The Messerschmitt Me 262 had to potential to change the course of the air war in Europe but Hitler ordered that it be used in a capacity that undermined its whole value as a fighter plane.
In his autobiography, Albert Speer, one of Hitler's most senior Nazis, claimed that senior Nazis such as Hitler and Goering were disinterested in weapons such as the Me 262 and the V weapons simply because they did not understand the technology behind them.
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 Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe
The project began in 1938 when Messerschmitt was called upon to design a new fighter powered by two gas turbine engines being developed by B.M.W. The configuration eventually chosen featured a sleek streamlined fuselage with the two podded engines carried beneath a low-mounted wing.
It is a common misconception that the Me 262 might have won the war if Adolf Hitler had not delayed the project by insisting the aircraft be used as a bomber.
Despite being well-armed with 30-mm cannons and air-to-air rockets, the Me 262 was simply too little too late to turn the tide of war in Germany's favor.
www.aerospaceweb.org /aircraft/fighter/me262/index.shtml   (581 words)

 WW2 Warbirds: the Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) - Frans Bonné
The Me 262 V3 still had a tailwheel landing gear, which meant that the wing blanketed the horizontal tail surface during the take-off run and prevented the elevator from becoming effective.
After this the Me 262 received a lot of interrest from test pilots and the General der Jagdflieger, Adolf Galland, which were all full of praise for it.
Me 262A-2a/U2 This single prototype had the cannon-carrying metal nose replaced by a plywood nose carrying a prone bombardier position with a bomb-aiming transparency and a gyro-stabilized Lofte 7H bomb sight.
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 AIRPOWER.CALLIHAN.CC- Messerschmitt Me 262
The 262 was 120 mph faster than the P-51 Mustang at the same altitude and, although not so maneuverable, was able to engage in, or retire from, combat at will.
The vastly superior performance of the Me 262 gave confidence to the fortunate pilots who flew it, but the Allied dominance of the air was so complete that the 262never reached its full potential.
The airfields from which it flew were under constant attack, and in the last days of the war, the remaining Me 262 units were forced to operate from makeshift bases constructed along Germany's famous autobahns.
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 Warbird Alley: Messerschmitt Me 262
None-the-less, Nazi Germany did exactly that, and no amount of technological ingenuity could alter that fact, as the history of the Messerschmitt Me 262, the first turbojet to be used in combat, dramatically illustrates.
Despite the fact that the Me 262 is one of the most rare and esoteric aircraft of World War II, at least one group has endeavored to build brand new copies of this interesting airplane, updated to modern safety standards, and powered by more modern jet engines.
The distinctive profile of the Me 262 has recently graced the skies again, this time in peaceful reflection rather than with hostile intent.
www.warbirdalley.com /me262.htm   (614 words)

 Messerschmitt Me 262
The Me 262 is often called the 'First Jet fighter' and it is frequently said that had Hitler not insisted that it be produced as a bomber it could have had a much greater impact on World War II.
What is clear that the Me 262 was the turbo jet fighter which had the most impact on the war and was an incredible technical achievement.
The Me 262 was technically impressive but only served as a last death rattle of Nazi technology coming too late to have much effect.
www.historyofwar.org /articles/weapons_me262.html   (329 words)

 Axis History Factbook: Messerschmitt Me-262 Schwalbe / Sturmvogel
Willi Messerschmitt kept on lobbying to produce both the Me-209 and the Me-262, partly it seems as a ploy in bureaucratic empire-building, and it wasn't until November 1943 that the Me-209 was dropped for good.
Messerschmitt was straining to keep up with demands for production of existing aircraft types, a difficulty compounded by a devastating Allied air raid on the company's plant at Regensburg on 17 August 1943.
By the end of the war, Messerschmitt was working on a prototype of the improved "Me-262B-2a" night fighter with a longer fuselage, increased fuel capacity, and most importantly "Berlin" centimetric radar, with improved range and resolutions and a dish hidden in the nose, instead of the clumsy and drag-inducing "antlers" of the long-wavelength radar.
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 Me 262: Stormbirds at War
The Me 262 was the first operational turbojet powered aircraft.
Although sometimes viewed as a last ditch Nazi super-weapon, the Me 262 was under development before the start of WWII and did have some shortcomings.
Development began on the Me 262 in April 1939 which was code named Stormbird or Silver.
www.stormbirds.net /history1.htm   (403 words)

 Messerschmitt ME-262 A-1a   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Project work had begun at Messerschmitt as early as April 1939 on a new high-speed fighter plane the propulsion of which was to consist of the "turbine jet" (TL) system.
The Me 262 was fitted with two Jumo 004B type engines -this was he first large batch production jet engine.
The output of 930 kp static jet thrust sufficed to give the Me 262 a maximum speed of 870 km/h at an altitude of 6000m.
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 Messerschmitt Me 262   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the first jet fighter ever produced, and as such, it easily outpaced all other fighter planes of WWII.
When the German forces released the Me 262 in late 1944, it caused a wave of panic among the Allied Command.
But the problem with the Me 262 was that it was simply too fast.
www.cals.lib.ar.us /miller/gallery/me262.html   (141 words)

 YouTube - Me-262 Footage
True the 262 was the first 2 be used in combat.
what the germans had nver a plane what was named Me 162 maybe you mean the Me 163 "Komet" but the first plane with jet engine, used in war was the Me 262.
Messerschmitt Me 262, the first jet airc Messerschmitt Me 262, the first jet aircraft ever.
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EK 262, the operational-research and development group, recieved their first aircraft in June 1944, followed in September by 111/EJG2 training unit and 8/ZG26 fighter squadron.
There were many variants of the 262, but nearly all the 1433 completed were of the A-1a Schwalbe (Swallow) fighter type or the A-2a Sturmvogel (Stormbird) bomber with two 551-lb bombs.
The A-2a/U2 had a prone bombardier in place of the guns, and among the other versions was the B- family of tandem-seat radar night fighters.All were extremely formidable, though many pilots were killed in training accidents through failure to appreciate that a dual conversion trainer was needed.
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 Messerschmitt Me 262 History
The Revell it was not too difficult to build and gave me the opportunity to learn how to work with an airbrush set.
Although this means that the whole model was just build for learning purposes, working with an airbrush set was easier than I expected and the result was not so bad at all.
Being the first operational jet fighter of the world, the Messerschmitt Me262 was one of the most advanced aircraft of its time.
www.german-navy.de /smb/scalemodels/aircraft/me262   (288 words)

 Messerschmitt ME 262
One of the first jet aircraft to fly the Messerschmitt ME 262 was designed as a fighter.
So the aircraft that could have changed the tide of the war in Germany's favor was not put to use.
ME 262 caught on American fighter gun camera film.
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 The Luftwaffe in Scale: Swallow's nest - Messerschmitt Me 262 B-1/U1, Me 262 A-2a - Diorama (1:48) built by Christian ...
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the best example of the incompetence and sheer bullheadedness of the leadership of the Third Reich.
By 1942, the first Me 262 took to the air and showed great potential as the fighter of the future.
Although the Me 262 did not meet all expectations it still remains as the first operational jet fighter in the world.
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 Messerschmitt ME262 | Me-262 Blueprints | Aviation History
mong the most significant aircraft in aviation history, the Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) became the first jet-powered aircraft to enter combat, though it was not the first jet aircraft to fly.
On the first flight, the Me 262 had barely become airborne using all three engines when both jets failed, but the piston engine provided just enough power for a safe landing.
Although the Me 262 project was delayed to some degree by the indifference of Luftwaffe leaders and Adolf Hitler's insistence that the aircraft be used as a bomber (the Me 262A-2a Sturmvogel (Stormbird) variant), it was these engine development problems that provided the greatest impediment to the program.
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 Messerschmitt ME-262 | Aircraft Blueprints | Aviation History | Airplane Plans
Messerschmitt ME-262 - Among the most significant aircraft in aviation history, the Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) became the first jet-powered aircraft to enter combat, though it was not the first jet air...
Messerschmitt ME-262 - Among the most significant aircraft in aviation history, the Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) became the first jet-powered aircraft to enter combat, though it was not the first jet aircraft to fly.
Maintaining production was difficult due to Allied attacks on industrial centers, many aircraft were destroyed on the ground, and several were shot down due to poor pilot training and both the superior numbers and maneuverability of Allied piston aircraft.
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 WRG - Luftwaffe Resource Group - Messerschmitt Me 262   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Image 6 - Captured Me 262's lined up at Lechefeld, June 1945, prior to their move to Melun in France, where captured German aircraft were collected for shipment to the USA.
Image 7 Captured and cocooned photographic reconaissance Me 262 parked on the deck of the HMS Reaper and being shipped to the USA.
Image 24 Me 262 W.Nr.130167, a Schwäbish-Hall built aircraft that became the second V5 SQ+WF.
www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org /LRG/me262.html   (627 words)

 Amazon.com: Messerschmitt Me 262: Books: David Baker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Buy this book with Messerschmitt Me 262: Development, Testing, Production by Willy Radinger today!
Too late to change the course of the war, the Me262 was nevertheless a remarkable and very successful aircraft.
Messerschmitt Me 262 Remembered 1: the plane: A list by D.
www.amazon.com /Messerschmitt-Me-262-David-Baker/dp/1861260784   (599 words)

 Tamiya Me262
The Cockpit Let me just start by saying that the stock kit cockpit is already very good.
So flawless in fact that the access panels were press fit in place to mask off the gun bay for painting.
The real Me-262's construction was typically Messerschmitt, in that there was a join line running along the top and bottom of the fuselage.
www.rollmodels.net /nreviews/airplanes/48tamme262bell/me262.php   (1823 words)

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